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New York whitewater, Oswegatchie River - West Branch

Lewis county, Bisha Falls to Jerden Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     7 miles
  If you're coming from Ogdensburg-Massena it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Bisha Falls to Jerden Falls stretch of Oswegatchie River - West Branch in New York is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. There's camping available near Oswegatchie River - West Branch. The scenic beauty of Lewis
    County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The average New York whitewater
rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and  
just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Croghan here. From a precipitation point of view Oswegatchie River - West Branch is a rather typical spot. August is the wettest month with most rain, and February is when it's the driest. Summertime highs at Oswegatchie River - West Branch generally tend to be in the 80's, and the night is a bit colder of course, regularly in the 50's. Daytime highs through the wintertime are in the 20's; night lows throughout the wintertime for Oswegatchie River - West Branch tend to be in the 0's.

Oswegatchie River - West Branch, Bisha Falls to Jerden Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Oswegatchie River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Oswegatchie River - West Branch:
Oswegatchie River - West Branch, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 7 miles long (Bisha Falls to Jerden Falls)
Oswegatchie River - Middle Branch, Lewis County, 4 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Bryants Bridge to Fish Creek)
Beaver River, Lewis County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Taylorville Section)
Beaver River, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Eagle Section)
Jenny Creek, St. Lawrence County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Jayville Road to Pitcairn)
Oswegatchie River - West Branch, St. Lawrence County, 13 miles away
      Class I-V - 4.5 miles long (Fullerville to Oswegatchie)
Independence River, Herkimer/Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Bradish Road to Old Pine Grove Road)
Beaver River, Lewis County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Moshier Section)
Indian River, Lewis/ Jefferson County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Natural Bridge to Antwerp)
Little River, St. Lawrence County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.2 miles long (Aldrich to Oswegatchie)
 Ski Areas Near Oswegatchie River - West Branch:
Snow Ridge, New York , 21 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 27 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 36 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Dry Hill, New York , 44 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 75 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Labrador Mountain, New York , 81 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 82 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 82 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Camp Fortune - Ste. Marie, Quebec , 84 miles away, 650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
Song Mountain, New York , 86 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
 Hotels Near Oswegatchie River - West Branch:
Pleasant Night Inn, Carthage , 23 miles away
BEST WESTERN University Inn, Canton , 31 miles away
Comfort Suites Canton, Canton , 31 miles away
Quality Inn Gran-View, Ogdensburg , 37 miles away
Scottish Inns Potsdam, Potsdam , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Oswegatchie River - West Branch:
Branaugh Road, Croghan, 9 miles away
Smith Road, Thendara, 13 miles away
Otter Creek Horse Camp, Glenfield, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Oswegatchie River - West Branch:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 41 miles away
Whetstone Gulf State Park, New York , 20 miles away
Pixley Falls State Park, New York , 30 miles away
Eel Weir State Park, New York , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Oswegatchie River - West Branch:
Brantingham Golf Club, Brantingham , 16 miles away
Cedars Golf Course, Lowville , 18 miles away
Sayles John M Memorial Golf Course, Star Lake , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Oswegatchie River - West Branch
Brantingham Lake, Lewis , 16 miles away

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